Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Freehand Thanks | ft. Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by, I hope you are having a great day.

Recently, my Mom went on vacation to visit some family on the island. She had a fantastic time and wanted to express her gratitude. My Aunt has always been a huge supporter of my work and any art that I put together. So when Mom asked me to create a thank you card for her, I wanted something that I knew they would both love.


To begin, I roughly sketched in the horizon and the scene using a regular pencil. I then used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to add the islands then my Prisma waterbrush to pull out the colour. Once that was dry, I added the water and again pulled out the colour; always being careful not to trap the pencil under the colour. Once it's trapped it's not coming out.

I erased any pencil marks and added darker shades of each colour to give it some depth. Finally I sketched in the palm trees, right over top of the scene that was all ready there. The great thing about these markers is the ability to layer colours.

Once everything was dry, I used my light and medium grays to add some shadows. I then stamped the sentiment using CTMH's Archival Black ink.

To put the card together, I adhered the watercoloured piece to black cardstock to give it a border and then put the whole thing on a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar so you don't miss any future posts; if you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View web version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Watercolour Dahlias | ft. Wplus9 and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

I created this card for my Mom's birthday, this is one of my absolute favourite floral images. While I'm sure there is a traditional way to colour dahlias, I typically let my imagination take flight and colour with what calls to me.

This is also my first time joining the Flower Challenge as well as the Cards Galore Encore Challenge. Check out their links below and I hope you'll play along!


To begin, I prepped a piece of Strathmore 140lb coldpress watercolour paper with my powder tool and used VersaMark ink to stamp the beautiful Dahlia image from Wplus9 "Beautiful Bouquets" and heat embossed it with white detail embossing powder.

I then used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to add a tiny bit of colour where I wanted the petal or the leaf to be the darkest and used my Prisma waterbrush to pull the colour out. After all the petals and leaves where done, I traced around the lower right side of each area with my light grey and pulled that out to create a shadow.

The greeting from CTMH's "Sending Smiles" is heat embossed with detail silver powder.

I used some super sticky two way tape to adhere the watercolour paper to a piece of coordinating patterned paper and then put the entire piece on a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar. If you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View web version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
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Monday, 14 August 2017

So Much Cake Shaker | ft. MFT's "Beary Special Birthday"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

It happens every time. Every birthday; that delicious cake is just staring at you and you want to just gobble the whole thing up. We've all been there. Normally we don't actually do that. It wouldn't be proper.

Someone forgot to tell that to this little guy.


To begin, I stamped this sweet little bear from MFT's "Beary Special Birthday" with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock.

I then used my largest oval die to do some partial die cutting, I fussy cut the space around him. I then coloured him with Copic markers, I used some Glossy Accents by Ranger over the icing of the cake and then dipped it in the Clear Rock Candy Glitter.

I lined up the top panel with the bottom to determine where I wanted the balloons. They are also from the same set, stamped with Memento ink and coloured with Copics. I used a very light shade to colour background behind the balloons and the same shade to make some diagonal lines on the front panel.

I added a piece of acetate behind the window and created my shaker area with doubled up foam tape. I filled the space with sequins and chunky glitter and stuck them together. I thought it needed a little something more so I created so stitch lines with a thin multi-liner.

Finally I adhered the entire thing to a standard A2 sized card base. For the banner I die cut a piece of cardstock using the mini banner die from Lawn Fawn's "Magic Color Slider" die set.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar; if you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View web version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Inspired by Tracey McNeely

Crafting from the Heart
Crafting from the Heart Badge

2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Product Review Series | Glitter Brush Pen Comparison


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

Ahh glitter. We all love it. We all hate it. We love the shine and the sparkle. We all hate that we find it everywhere for days after we've used it. But that won't stop us. We gotta have our glitter. At least I do. Glitter, glitter, glitter. Love it!

For today's review, I'll be doing a comparison between the clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen and the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in Crystal Clear Overlay.

I'm going to show you a comparison of each pen and then a comparison of the results that I found.


On the left we have the Wink of Stella Clear and on the right is the Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.

In my area, I have found both pens to be accessible for purchase individually. I know that the Spectrum Noir pen can be purchased in a 3-pack on line, but I haven't seen that in my art stores.












Both pens have a brush tip and a squeezable barrel, both have click on caps to protect from damage or leaking (unless you squash it, then it'll probably leak all over. But that's on the user, not the design)

Clear Wink of Stella:

  • Brush Tip
  • Small narrow tip - ideal for those tough spaces
  • Clear liquid
  • Smooth application
  • Glitter appears to be gold when held in the light
  • White barrel - if you hold it up to a light you can see approximately how much is left
  • Can be taken apart and filled with water and used as a regular brush pen after the glitter is gone
  • Requires several passes to make the area really sparkle

Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Overlay:
  • Brush Tip
  • Larger brush - less ideal for tiny spaces
  • Clear liquid
  • Smooth application
  • Glitter appears to be iridescent when held in the light
  • Black barrel - unable to see approximately how much is left
  • Larger barrel - sounds like it holds more liquid
  • Can be taken apart and filled with water and used as a regular brush pen after the glitter is gone
  • Very thin liquid - do not squeeze this barrel over your project 

For comparison I used this cute stamp from MFT's "Beary Special Birthday" I only applied glitter to the orange area, the portion of the bow on the box was also covered with Glossy Accents by Ranger. The paper is my usual 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. The image is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with Copic markers.


I wanted to include this image as well, I wanted to show it in my usual lighting, this is the spot in my art room where I usually take photos of my projects, before they are posted to my blog.


Comparative Thoughts:

  • While both give off great sparkle, I found the Spectrum Noir really shined. It is picked up better by the camera, I needed fewer passes over an area to get the sparkle I wanted, and the glitter appears to actually be clear, while the Wink of Stella glitter had a golden shimmer to it. 
  • Both need to be squeezed after opening to get them flowing. The liquid in the Spectrum Noir is very thin and after only a light amount of pressure it was dripping off the brush. Do not squeeze this over a project. I cannot stress this enough.
  • I've mentioned before that I have arthritis in my hand so the larger barrel of the Spectrum Noir is more comfortable, that being said the Wink of Stella is not uncomfortable, but there is a noticeable difference in size - if you have gripping issues this may be something to consider.
  • In my area (and this will differ based on where you purchase your supplies) I found the pens to be similarly priced. And even that difference varied by store.
Overall, I like both pens and think that both have their place in the craft room. In terms of super shiny-sparkliness the Spectrum Noir wins for me. I feel the quality for the amount I spent on it is excellent and the final result is more glitter. Yay Glitter. 

If you are doing smaller areas that require more detailed application - I'd recommend the Wink of Stella, the difference in brush size my not look like much in the pictures but in actual use there is definitely an advantage to having the smaller brush tip.

In the end, the choice you make is up to you depending on what you are looking for in your glitter pen and the project that you are working on. For myself, I will continue to stock both pens in my art room as I have a need for both.

I hope you like today's review. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar, if you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View web version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. If you have any questions about these pens, or have a suggestion for a future review please toss me a line in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you.


*Disclaimer: I am not sent products for review, nor am I paid to review them. I review the products that I find interesting and that I purchase myself, with my own money and I receive no incentive, reward or payment to do so. All reviews are based off of my personal experiences with the products.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Coloured on Kraft Series | ft. Clearly Besotted "Fresh Flowers"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

If today's card looks a little bit familiar, you aren't mistaken. After I created the Orchids in my Floral On Kraft post, I could not stop thinking about doing more like it. I just love the way the pencils look on the Kraft cardstock and since I have several of the floral sets from Clearly Besotted, it was only a matter of sitting down to colour.

And then I thought, why not make a mini series?!?!?! So while the other one still counts towards this, I'm way to lazy to go back and change the post to indicate that. Anyway, welcome to the Coloured on Kraft Series! YAY!!


To begin, I stamped the large flower from Clearly Besotted's "Fresh Flowers" stamp set on 65lb Kraft cardstock using VersaMark ink. I chose this ink because I didn't want the harsh lines of the black, the VersaMark ink creates a soft tone on tone effect that is brilliant for colouring with pencils.

I then coloured the flowers in with Lyra Rembrandt oil based pencils. (I'll have a review for these in the future. Spoiler: They're great!) I then stamped the greeting in black as I wanted the contrast to really stand out against the softness flowers.

Finally, I took a very light twine and tied a bow (Tie One On, get it?) I then mounted that on a piece of light purple cardstock for a border and adhered that to a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar, if you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View web version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Daisy Chain Challenge
Grab our Badge!!

and

Seize the Birthday Challenge

These are both brand new to me challenges and I'm super excited to be taking part in them both!

Friday, 11 August 2017

Smashin' Birthday | ft. Lawn Fawn "Year Seven"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

Once again, I cannot say enough good things about Lawn Fawn. Their consistently cute stamps that are pretty interchangeable make unlimited possibilities when it comes to cards and layouts. Now that they have interactive dies, the fun never stops.

Today I have an interactive birthday card. The second I saw this set I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

We are having a fiesta!




To begin, I used Dried Marigold and Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink, to make a fun background, I then used some clean water to create a splatter and then patted it off with some paper towel. As this isn't watercolour paper I didn't want the water to sit too long, so the splatter isn't as defined as I would have liked.

Once the panel was dry, I used the small curved die from Lawn Fawn "Slide on Over" die set to make the groove where he could swing. I also used my Crop-a-Dile to punch a 1/8" hole and a colourful eyelet. I knew he would be swinging from a string and I didn't want that friction to damage the card.

I stamped the pinata and the candy on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured them all in with Copic markers. I also used my white gel pen to add some dot detail to all the pieces. I then used the coordinating dies to cut out all the images. (Yep, got the dies for this one. I know, right?)

I used some micro dots to adhere the candies in place. I created a penny slider for the back of my little pinata and sandwiched in some green twine for him to swing from. I don't know why he's a him, but he is. I used the greeting from the set, curving it along the edge of the die so he wouldn't obstruct it as he swung by.

After everything was in place, I doubled up the foam tape (important!!) and adhered it to a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar so you don't miss any future posts, if you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View web version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

and

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Pastel Paradise | ft. MFT "Polynesian Paradise"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

When I get a new set, I'm typically after the big piece. The main stamp and my scene will be built around it; but those little stamps, that sit back and mind their own business can really come into their own light when you 'forget' about the big one. I've been challenging myself to use some of the littler pieces in a set to create something without the fanfare of the main image.


To begin, I cut a grey frame using two of my nested circle dies. I then cut a circle using 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock and the larger die to create my window piece. I had considered doing an acetate overlay here, but I discarded the idea later.

For all the stamping I used CTMH Whisper ink. This is a dye based ink, so as long as you are careful you can use your Copic markers with it. This was a new discovery for me and it opens up so many doors of opportunity. I am no longer tied to a black outline. I literally have dozens of the CTMH inks and since I use Copics more than anything else, there are few cards I'd like to recreate with a softer edge.

For the flowers I stamped the small hibiscus flower from MFT's "Polynesian Paradise" and masked a couple off so that they would look like a bouquet. I also stamped the little lizard from the same set, but I used the mirror stamping technique so he would face the other way and work with what I had in mind.

Because this is also for a color challenge, I had a very limited palette to work with. Their colours this week were Aqua, Light Pink, Lavender and white - and you can pick a neutral so I chose the grey.

After coloring all the images, I covered the blossoms with clear Wink of Stella because it has to sparkle! (I used my BV markers for the Lavender, BG markers for the Aqua and my lightest R markers for the Light Pink.)

I masked the right side of the panel off except for just over an inch and used Glacier CTMH ink, when looking at my swatches, it was the closest to an Aqua colour that I have.

To put the piece together, I adhered the panel to an A2 sized card base, then I used Tombow Mono Multi Glue to put the circle in place and foam tape for my little chameleon. I used the same Whisper ink to stamp the Birthday greeting (from MFT's "The Whole Herd").

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar so you don't miss any future posts. If you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View web Version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Sketch Challenge 345 #mftstamps



and 

My inspiration came from the colours in the picture.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

#Birthday Selfie | ft. Clearly Besotted "Once Upon a Time"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

Today's card could be used for either a boy or a girl, depending on what their interests are. When it comes to cards for kids, I prefer to do things that could be used for either. Don't get me wrong, I certainly fall into the stereotypical colour patterns and themes, but when the opportunity comes up to make a card that can go either way, I try to take it and I usually have an extra couple in the stash.


To begin, I stamped the three little pigs (and wolf) image from Clearly Besotted's "Once Upon a Time" using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Copic-friendly cardstock. I then masked them off and used Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean Distress ink to create a sky; Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress ink to create the ground.

I then removed the mask and coloured the images in with Copic markers. I then trimmed that piece down so it would fit into my make-shift Polaroid frame. I cut a piece of acetate down so that it would look as though it were an actual photograph.

I used the "Happy Birthday" from Clearly Besotted's "Wild Thing" stamp set, also in Tuxedo Black ink to create the greeting.

I then mounted the 'picture' on a piece of Kraft cardstock and added some washi tape to make it look as though someone had hung it up. Finally, I adhered the entire piece to a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar. If you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View web version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Watercolour Florals | ft. Hero Arts and Zig Clean Color Markers


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

If you're like me, you see these super pretty cards online and then get a million ideas on how to use that stamp; so you rush out and buy it only to forget about it completely.

No? Just me? Huh.

I got this stamp a while back because I saw all these super pretty cards online and I had to just rush out and buy it, only to forget why I wanted it in the first place. So when I saw the inspiration by Anita Bowden in the Muse challenge, along with a Happy Birthday Challenge and an Anything Goes challenge I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I'm not going to lie, the execution of my idea took a wee bit longer than I wanted, but now that I have the hang of this one, I'll probably make a couple more with different colour palettes for my friends.



To begin, I prepped a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth 100lb cardstock with my powder tool. I then positioned it in my MISTI and stamped this Hero Arts "Large Blossom" using VersaMark ink. I actually did it twice so that I was certain the black embossing powder would stick where I wanted it when I heat embossed it.

I then used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in Carmine, Light Carmine and Bright Yellow for the flowers; and May Green and Mid Green for the leaves and stems. To get a nice blend I put only a bit of each colour at opposite ends of each section and used my Prisma watercolour brush to bring the two together.

Because Bristol isn't actually watercolour paper, it is best to use a very light hand when it comes to adding the water. You can always, always add more, but once you have too much the paper will warp and pill -- no one wants that.

Once that was completely dry, I heat embossed the sentiment using the same black embossing powder.

I then added a bit of twine to the left and bottom of the panel, and adhered the whole piece to a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar. If you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View web version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Inspired by Anita Bowden

and

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

and 

Stamping Sensations August Challenge

Monday, 7 August 2017

Bubble Birthday | ft. MFT's "PI - I Pick You"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

I personally find sketch challenges very difficult. I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe because I'm such a fan of one layer cards (as you may have noticed) and when it comes to a sketch I feel a need to multiple layers and pattern paper and all sorts of things that I'm not usually comfortable with.

But isn't that really the point of these challenges? To challenge us? I hope so, 'cause that's what's happening for me. And it's a good thing. It breaks me out of my comfort zone and forces me to try new things.

And sometimes, just sometimes, new things are wonderful.


To begin, I used the largest of Lawn Fawn's Stitched Scallop Border Dies to cut down the right edge of my panel.

I then stamped the image and greeting from MFT's Pure Innocence - I Pick You stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. I then coloured the image in with Copics and coordinate with the bubbles on the patterned paper.

The patterned paper comes from a stack in my stash that has long since lost it's cover, so I'm not sure what brand it is.

I then adhered a 1/2" and a 1/4" strip of the patterned paper directly on to the panel, and popped the panel up on foam tape. For the right side, I put a piece of the same patterned paper down directly on the A2 sized card base, and then put the panel down on top of that.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar, if you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View Web Version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:

and

Simon Says Stamp

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Product Review Series | Tombow Mono Sand Eraser 512A


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

I don't know about you, but I have been hearing a lot about the Tombow Mono Sand Eraser, everyone is using it and it honestly seemed to be too good to be true. Like one of those things where we all like the rest of Tombow's products so why wouldn't this one fall in line as well?

Dimensions of the Tombow Mono Sand Eraser 512A
So naturally, I had to get one and test if for myself. I purchased the "Tombow Mono Sand Eraser 512A for Ink". I tested this using my 8 most frequently used mediums for card making. I will post the before and after photos and then I will go through each and discuss what I found.

Below, on the left is my tester sheet. I used 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. I chose this cardstock because it my primary choice for card making and felt that since I would be using this the majority of the time it should also be the one that I use for testing. On the right, I have the exact same sheet after using the eraser. I attempted to make each of the marks as though it were "accidentally" done through regular use.


1. Ball Point Pen: An accidental scuff with a regular blue ball point pen should pose no problems. The sand eraser takes the light scuff right off with very little damage to the paper.

2. Pencil: Comes right off. I'm not sure why you would choose to use the sand eraser over a regular white eraser when it comes to getting pencil off, but you never know, so I thought I'd include it.

3. Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker: (Deep Green) This took a lot of effort. A very light scuff should be no problem but if you drop the marker tip down (we've all done it) you may have to cover it or start again.

4. Tim Holtz Distress Marker: (peacock feathers) This eraser won't help you. As you can see above I was unable to get much of this marker off the page at all. There was substantial damage to the page and the results were not worth it.

5. Memento Tuxedo Black ink: We've all scuffed a stamp or gotten ink on our fingers. Provided you didn't drop the entire ink pad face down on the paper, this eraser should help you. I was able to get the light scuffs off, with very little effort and very little damage to the paper.

6. Copic: There's no hope. Because of the way Copic markers work, I didn't expect the eraser to yield any results.

7. Black Glaze Pen: Will remove the light smear with very little damage to the paper. And honestly, who hasn't smeared an eye at least once?

8. Pigment Liner: (Staedtler Pigment liner 0.3) medium damage, removes tail.

Overall, I'm rather impressed with this product. It also removes most coloured pencil provided you are working with decent quality paper, it also removed glitter pen from my clear Gelly Roll Stardust pen.

Pros:

  • Quality vs. Cost is very good
  • Widely available, in art stores or online
  • Works on a huge variety of mediums
  • Requires very little pressure
  • Very little to moderate damage to paper, depending on the pressure you apply
Cons:
  • Very Crumbly/Breakable
  • Leave a lot of dust during use
I found it worked best when I held it upright and only used a tiny bit of pressure, working in small circles. That reduced the amount of damage to the paper. Because of the amount of dust the eraser leaves behind during use, I found that wiping it away won't help the situation, use a loose brush or tip and tap the piece over a garbage to remove the grit.


I hope you liked today's review. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar so you don't miss any future reviews or projects. If you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View Web Version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. If you have any questions about this review, or have a suggestion for a future review, toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know. I would love to hear from you.

*Disclaimer: I am not sent products for review, nor am I paid to review them. I review the products that I find interesting and that I purchase myself, with my own money and I receive no incentive, reward or payment to do so.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

This Birthday's in the Bag | ft. Newton's Nook "Newton's Birthday Bash"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

It's funny how we go through stamp phases. At least that's what I call them. When I started out it was all Lawn Fawn all the time. Then I discovered Newton's Nook and I had kitties on everything. Of course this was before I even started blogging, then it was a different brand and a different company and so on and so forth. But every now and then I like to look through my stash and use something that I haven't used in a long time.

There was a time that "Newton's Birthday Bash" didn't leave my work space. It was always out, and very much my most loved stamp set. Then something else came along and it got put in the stamp box to be used at a later date. I got to pull him out again today so we could play along with the Inky Paws #52 Challenge.


To begin, I cut down all the separate panel pieces I was going to use. I stamped the image from Newton's Nook Designs' "Newton's Birthday Bash" using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on to 110lb Copic friendly card stock.

Kitties make me feel all warm and cozy, so I wanted to do this with mostly warm colours to try and convey that. For the background panels I used Abandoned Coral, Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw Distress inks to add some colour.

I coloured the image in with Copic markers, and stamped the party confetti using a bunch of different CTMH inks. I covered the bag with a bunch of layers of the clear Wink of Stella to make it really sparkle, and two layers on the tissue paper to make it sparkle just a little bit.

I then used some orange twine to create a bow and popped that panel up on foam tape and adhered it down, all on a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar. If you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View Web Version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Newton's Nook Designs

Friday, 4 August 2017

Floral on Kraft | ft. Clearly Besotted "Thinking of You"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

Today I wanted to share another image that was done with coloured pencils on kraft cardstock. Orchids are my absolute favourite flower, though many of them have the same structure their colours vary greatly. It seems to be one of those flowers that can work with any palette in the home, and with a little care and patience, they make an excellent housewarming gift.


To begin, I stamped the large orchid image from Clearly Besotted's "Thinking of You" stamp set using VersaMark ink, on 65lb Kraft cardstock from Recollections. While VersaMark is typically used for heat embossing (as you can see with the greeting, above) it can also be used to create a soft tone on tone effect. I chose to do this because it takes away the harsh lines of stamping in black, and is easier to colour over when using pencils.

I then used my Faber-Castell Polychormos pencils to colour in the image. There is a light, medium and dark shade for both the purples and the turquoise, two shades for the green as well as the soft shadow behind the flowers.

For the greeting I prepped the paper with my powder tool, and stamped the greeting using VersaMark ink again, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I didn't want anything to take away from the vibrancy of the flowers.

I then wrapped some purple and white baker's twine around the panel and tied a bow. I don't know if it is just me, but I cannot seem to tie a bow with the right side up. Whenever I have to tie a bow, like this one, I have to turn the whole piece upside down to get it to look right. To secure that, I just used a piece of clear tape on the back so that the wrapped twine wouldn't move.

I then mounted this on a piece of turquoise paper that matched the medium shade of my pencils; and mounted the whole lot on a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar. If you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View Web Version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
CAS(E) this Sketch

and

Muse Challenge 227

and

Time Out Challenge #89
Because a potted plant seems to be the cliché gift for a new home, I felt that this would be an acceptable submission. (I hope they think so as well)





Thank you all for your votes, support and encouragement; with these, I was selected as a "featured member" through this post on the Muse Challenge. I cannot begin to tell you what this me.










This card was also selected for Honorable Mention over on CAS(E) this Sketch! I'm so excited to receive this recognition!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Technique Tip - Partial Die Cutting


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

Today I wanted to share a super fun technique that will allow you to get a bit more out of your dies. We typically use our dies to simply cut out the image. Whether it be a greeting or sentiment or an image that we colour. But you can also use you dies to create a whole new look for your card.


For this card, I have the love die as well as the decorative square. I wanted to create a fun window, where the word would be in the middle. There are some super awesome dies out there that do this, but I don't happen to have them. That being said, I didn't want to not be able to create the look.

To begin, I took the decorative square and used some low tack tape to hold it in place. I put the Love die over top of it, and used a pencil to mark where I wanted the words to attach to the sides of the window.

I lined up my top cutting plate with those marks so that the only piece that was actually between the plates was the upper portion of the window, and ran that through my Big Kick (which is just like the Big Shot, but blue). I then repeated the process on the bottom half. At this point I have two cut edges that do not meet.

The Love die only cuts the smaller love in this picture, so I removed the decorative square and put the word die back in place, lining it up with the marks I had made previously. I then used a pencil to very lightly trace around the die, this will show me where the "shadow" of the word die will be. I used my X-acto knife to cut those lines, being extremely careful to not cut through where I wanted the word to be attached.

Once that cutting was done, I was left with the basic window you see above. I then cut a piece of foiled paper with the word die, and set that in place over the shadow I had created.

For the rest of the card, I used some Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean Distress ink to colour the panel, and adhered some foiled hearts I had sitting on my desk. Behind the window, I adhered a piece of white Tulle to create a frosty look to my window.

I adhered a piece of yellow cross-hatched paper directly to my A2 sized card base to show through the window. I mounted the panel with foam tape, to give it some dimension.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar. If you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View Web Version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Underwater Relaxation | ft. MFT's "Mermazing"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

Today I wanted to share the third card I created using the "Mermazing" set from My Favorite Things. This company never fails to amaze me in how they can continue to create the cutest images. Not only are they sweet and cute, they offer a huge variety in their colourability (yeah, I just made that word).


To begin, I stamped the seated mermaid from MFT's "Mermazing" stamp set. I then masked her off and stamped the rocks, then masked those as well. These images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock.

I then used Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs Distress ink to create a sandy bottom. I used Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and just a bit of Faded Jeans to create the watery area in the back. I then used some clean clear water and splattered the background and patted it dry with some paper towel. There were too many splatters for the look I was going for so I went back over both areas with the lightest Distress inks so that the splatter faded away a bit.

I then used a scrap of paper to protect the area above her and used more distress inks to darken the background. I wanted it to look as though there were a sunbeam coming from above and shining on her.

Once everything was completely dry, I stamped the fish using CTMH Whisper ink, the kelp using Olive ink, and the coral using Goldrush and Autumn Terracotta ink.

I then removed all the masks and coloured the images in with Copic markers. To finish it off, I used some white star confetti from Recollections to add a bit more shimmer in the sunbeam.

Even though I was done doing what I wanted to do, it didn't look finished. So I cut a frame using Lawn Fawn's "Stitched Rectangle" dies, and used Gathered Twigs Distress ink to make the frame look like wood.

Finally, after much ado, I added the greeting. I wasn't going to add a greeting at all, but it just didn't feel right without one.

It wasn't until editing that I saw the splatter had faded out way more than I wanted it to; but I promise in real life it provides a subtle interest to the background.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right sidebar. If you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom then click "View Web Version" first. You can also follow me on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Cute Card Thursday #488

and

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

CAS Hello Baby | ft. MFT's "Magical Dragons"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

I know that I have been doing a lot of birthday cards lately, so today I thought I would show you a clean and simple baby card that I created for a friend of mine. We're not entirely sure what she's having so I went with sweet gender neutral tones, and the dragons from My Favorite Things' "Magical Dragons" stamp set are just perfect.


To begin, I stamped the little dragon with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock, I then masked off his face and stamped the larger dragon. I didn't want a huge amount of overlap, and with these two, I found an almost tenderness to their interaction that worked out perfectly for this card.

I coloured both the images in with Copic Markers. I stamped a greeting from CTMH with the Memento ink as well.

I matted the panel with a soft purple cardstock and then adhered the entire piece to a standard A2 sized card base.

Finally I added a scattering of coordinating enamel dots to finish off the card.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar, if you are viewing this via mobile device scroll to the bottom and click "View Web Version" first, you can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Muse Challenge #227

and

Simon Says Stamp
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Monday, 31 July 2017

Eat All Cake | ft. Lawn Fawn "Year Three" and "Party Animal"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

I have been on this incredible birthday card kick. Usually by now, I have Halloween cards well underway and have completed at least a couple Christmas sketches. But not this year. Looks like this year I'm behind the game - again. I know we always feel like we're behind, when really we're always living a season a head of everyone else.

I'm living in Canada in the longest and hottest heat wave (with weather warnings and everything) and here I am trying to justify not starting my fall and even my holiday cards?! No wonder by the time the day actually rolls around that I'm all holidayed out. Anyway, this year I'm still in full on birthday mode. So the holidays are going to have to wait just a touch longer.


I started by stamping the cake from Lawn Fawn's "Year Three" stamp set, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. I wanted to create the look of my own patterned paper, so I stamped the cake randomly, then I filled in the emptier spaces with the little candle image.

I also stamped the bear from the "Party Animal" set on a scrap piece. I coloured all the images in with Copic markers. And I fussy cut the bear out. I had to do a bit of masking before colouring him because I wanted him to be wearing a hat and holding a fork.

I trimmed the cake piece down to about 2 inches wide, then I covered the icing parts with Glossy Accents by Ranger and dunked it into Ranger's Clear Rock Candy glitter. Once that was completely dry I adhered it to the left portion of the card about 1/2" away from the fold. I then used foam tape to pop up my hungry little bear and placed him down.

I used the "Let's Party" greeting from the "Party Animal" set in the same Memento ink.

The sentiment on the inside says "Eat all the cake!" and it didn't even occur to me until editing that I should maybe take a picture of that. Sorry!!

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar. If you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View Web Version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Product Review Series | Paper Comparison


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

Today I will be doing a paper comparison to show how the same images will look vastly different depending on the type of paper you use. I will show the finished card for each paper type. I will also discuss how the paper responded to the pencils and my impression of each.

I'm going to apologize in advance -- this is going to be a long post; hopefully it will help you choose the right paper for your project, and maybe be less afraid to try something new.


For the purposes of today's review, I will be creating three cards using identical methods and products. The only difference between the cards will be the type of paper used. In the top left I have Recollections Kraft 65lb cardstock. In the bottom left I have Staples 110lb cardstock, and finally on the right I have Strathmore Toner Grey 80lb cardstock.

The images come from Lawn Fawn's "Our Friendship Grows" stamp set, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, using the MISTI. And the greeting comes from Lawn Fawn's "Party Animal" set, also stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.



To colour each of the images, I used Lyra Rembrandt Oil based pencils. The technique I used to colour each image is exactly the same - despite the temptation to add more to certain panels. I'm sure you can immediately see why this temptation arose.


First up I have the Recollections Kraft 80lb Cardstock. I got this from Michaels Craft store. It comes in a pack of 50 for about $5.00. This is the only Kraft cardstock I buy and if you look back through previous posts, this is the one you will see when I use it.

At 65lbs it's a thicker paper. It takes stamping well, but I would certainly not use Copics on it. They bleed out almost instantly. However I love the way the pencils took to this paper. I find that Kraft lends a warmth to the piece as well as a rustic look. As it isn't white, the colours aren't as vibrant as you will see below, but there is a richness to them.


Next up I'm using the Staples 110lb cardstock. I get this from my local Staples for about $20 for a pack of 250. I use this for all my card bases as well as any time I'm colouring with Copic markers. This paper is incredibly sturdy and can handle layering very well.

While the pencils look for vibrant - remember I used the same pencils for all the cards - it felt unfinished, if I were going for a sketchy look this would be great, but I'm not. The surface of this paper is incredibly smooth and the pencils don't grip the paper very well. It was very difficult to not pull in additional colours to bring more life to the flowers.


Finally, I have the Strathmore Toner Grey 80lb cardstock. I got this pad of 36 sheets for about $13 at an art store in my city. First off, this is the thinnest 80lb cardstock I have even seen in my life. I honestly was very disappointed when I opened this package. My first thought was "well, this is never going to work", but as I had committed to a review, I trudged on.

I was terrified of tearing the panel, but the paper ended up being surprisingly tough; it isn't anything I would ever use as a card base, though. Cutting this paper was the same as cutting regular printer paper.

Then I started to apply the colour. Despite being very thin and relatively smooth, the pencils gripped this paper as well as on the Kraft shown above. This paper creates a lovely balance between the two others. Because of the light shade it still allows for the pencils to be vibrant as well as giving some of the warmth that Kraft lends.

When I looked at all three completed panels, the white just stared at me. It was a glaring contrast from the other two. To make it feel more complete I added the twine bow to the right side. I didn't feel that the Kraft or the Toner Grey needed this finishing touch, but I couldn't let that white be left in the cold.

I then matted each of them with a deep yellow cardstock and adhered them to standard A2 sized card bases.

I hope you like today's review. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right sidebar, if you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and click "View Web Version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. If you have any questions about any of the papers, or have a suggestion for a future review toss me a line in the comments section below, I would love to hear from you.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Mermazing Day | ft. MFT's "Mermazing" Stamp Set


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

Today I wanted to create something that was clean and simple, but still had depth. When I got the Mermazing set I couldn't stop thinking of ideas that I could do with these stamps. Each of the three mermaids seem to have a life of their own. So here she is, maybe showing you out her window to her view or maybe standing (floating?) near a piece of art that she had created. Either way, she looks pretty proud of it. LOL



To begin, I used my two largest nesting oval dies and cut out a few frames from regular cardstock and then one from a shimmering purple cardstock.

I stamped the mermaid from MFT's "Mermazing" set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock and coloured her in with Copic markers. I went over her tail several times with my clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen. I really wanted her tail to shine. And while the camera certainly picked it up, let me tell you, this girl sparkles! in real life.

With one of the inner ovals, I stamped the rock and masked it off. I then used Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Distress inks to create a watery background. Once that was completely dry, I used the solid scene builder elements from the set to stamp the fishes, kelp and coral.

I did these in the MISTI because I was afraid I would have to restamp them multiple times and I can't line up a stamp to save myself. I don't know why. I have tried and tried and tried, so TG for the MISTI. I used CTMH Whisper ink for the fishes, Olive ink for the Kelp, Sorbet and Goldenrod for the coral.

I then removed the mask and used Copics to colour the rock.

To put the piece together, I placed the oval with the image first, then I built up my frame around it, making sure that each of the four layers had an opportunity to dry before adding the next one. I then adhered the mermaid with Tombow Mono Multi glue where she touches the frame and foam tape where she hangs off.

I then adhered that panel on to a piece of the same shimmering purple cardstock for a frame (just to tie the whole thing together) and then to a standard A2 sized card base. I added some Glossy Accents by Ranger to her starfish hair clip and went over her tail one more time with the clear Wink of Stella. Because I can never have anything too sparkly!

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow my blog over on the right sidebar so you don't miss out on any future posts, if you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll down and tap "View Web Version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

This card is for:
Sketch Challenge 343 #mftstamps

Friday, 28 July 2017

Late for Mother's Day | ft. Wplus9 "Beautiful Bouquets: Dahlias"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was going through a lull when Mother's day and Father's day rolled around, so today I have a card that I had given to my mom for Mother's day way back in May. Seems so long ago, now.


To begin, I stamped the image from Wplus9 using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. I turned the panel around and then stamped it again. I wasn't concerned about the overlap because it was going to be covered by the cross piece.

I then coloured the image using Copic markers. I wanted something very delicate, so I started at the base of each petal with a very light pink, then pulled it up with an even lighter shade. While it looks like the entire petal is coloured, the ends are actually left completely white, this lends a softness to each petal. I used very light greens for the leaves.

For the cross piece, I stamped the letters using CTMH's "Framework Alphabet" and used the same pinks to create an ombre look. I matted the cross piece with some gold glitter paper and adhered that directly on to the main panel. I had considered popping this up on foam tape, but in the end I decided to just have it flush against the panel.

Finally, I added a scattering of iridescent sequins and adhered the panel to a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right sidebar. If you are viewing this via mobile device, scroll to the bottom and tap "View Web Version" first. You can also follow me over on Facebook. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Bunch of Thanks | ft. Lawn Fawn "Critters in the Jungle"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great day.

If you have been following me for any time at all, you'll know that I love to do a single layer card. For me it is simply magic to pull away the masks and watch a piece come together. That being said, I can do other stuff. I don't typically buy the coordinating dies when it comes to stamp sets, so because I do have the matching die set, I figured I should probably use it.



To begin, I stamped all of the images from Lawn Fawn's "Critters in the Jungle" stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. I coloured them all in using Copic markers and die cut them out with the coordinating dies.

For the background panel, I cut down a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock, and dry embossed an oval using my largest oval die. While the die was still in place, I used Shabby Shutters Distress ink to create a light wash of colour over the background. I used a 1/2" corner rounder to round all the edges.

I then used Tombow Mono Multi glue to adhere all my little pieces into place. For the greeting I prepped a piece of black cardstock with my powder tool and stamped the "Thanks a Bunch" sentiment with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with detail white powder.

I cut fishtail banner ends and adhered it down. I then used the same corner rounder to round out the ends of an A2 sized card base and adhered the panel down.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't all ready, please follow me over on the right side bar so you don't miss any future posts. If you are viewing on a mobile device, scroll to the bottom and tap View Web Version, first. Toss me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

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